City of Fernie Council will declare the first week of October, Operation Christmas Child Week.
The event will act as the official kick off to the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox campaign in Fernie and the Elk Valley.
The local volunteer committee was successful in collecting over 5,000 boxes last fall, and this year they’re hoping to raise the bar. “They are trying to get 6,000 boxes filled with gifts to send to needy children. I know we’ve done this in the past and I think it’s a really good thing to do,” said Fernie Mayor, Mary Giuliano.
The City of Fernie was asked by the East Kootenay location of Operation Christmas Child to make the week official, and council decided unanimously to proclaim the week of October 1, Operation Christmas Child Week.